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RNZAF AIRCRAFT TO WOW CROWDS AT WINGS OVER WAIRARAPA

10 January 2013

Substantial participation from the RNZAF will provide a glimpse into the workings of the New Zealand Defence Force at next week's Wings over Wairarapa air show in Masterton.

Military Air Display Director Jim Rankin says nine aircraft will form part of the flying and display programme for the biennial air show being held at Hood Aerodrome over Wellington Anniversary Weekend (January 18 – 20, 2013). Squadron Leader Rankin, who co-ordinates the Defence Force programme for the show as well as piloting some of the aeroplanes, says the aircraft include a Boeing 757, an Orion, a Hercules (static display only, a NH90 helicopter (static display only), a 109 helicopter, an Iroquois, Seasprite and the crowd pleasing Red Checkers.

In addition around 72 Defence personnel will be at the airshow, including aircrew and groundcrew.

Squadron Leader Rankin, who has participated in major airshows around the country – including Wings Over Wairarapa – for the last 12 years is looking forward to returning to Hood Aerodrome and entertaining the crowds.

“Wings Over Wairarapa gets a very good cross section of aircraft types. Masterton is also a nice display venue from a pilot's point of view; with a well-defined display line, unrestricted airspace and the surrounding area is nice and flat with no obstacles,” he says. “I've been to at least five previous Wings events, both flying (Red Checkers, L-39 Albatross jet, Fokker Triplane, Harvard) and organising. I'm very excited about this year's event.”

“As always, participation will be dependent on operational requirements, and it is possible that aircraft or crews may be unavailable at the last moment due to short-notice tasks such as Search and Rescue or Disaster relief.”

The Defence Force aircraft are part of a diverse three-day flying programme incorporating 70 aircraft including a rare de Havilland Mosquito Fighter Bomber and a six jet civil formation containing three different jet types not before been seen in New Zealand.

Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 has the theme Honouring The Past, Celebrating The Future. It will also have vintage aircraft from WWI, classics from WWII and stunning displays by contemporary aircraft as well as offering a tantalizing glimpse of the future of aviation.

While celebrating the historical significance of WWI & WWII military aircraft, Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 will also feature displays from other rarely seen vintage aircraft, agricultural displays, gliders and helicopter displays, jet formations and thrilling aerobatics as well as the substantial participation from the RNZAF. The flying each day will culminate in a dramatic pyrotechnic display and mock air field attack lighting up the skies and entertaining the crowds.

In addition to what's on up in the air, there will be entertainment on the ground with mock battles, static displays including a combined Defence Forces interactive camp, children's entertainment, contemporary and vintage military vehicles, a trade site village and a Food & Wine Festival showcasing the best of Wairarapa hospitality. 

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EXPERIENCE BEST OF WAIRARAPA HOSPITALITY AT WINGS OVER WAIRARAPA

8 January 2013 

Visitors attending this month's Wings over Wairarapa airshow will be able to experience much more than just aeroplanes.

The biennial show being held at Masterton's Hood Aerodrome in New Zealand over Wellington Anniversary Weekend (January 18 – 20, 2013) will feature entertainment on the ground with mock battles, static displays including a combined Defense Forces interactive camp, children's entertainment, contemporary and vintage military vehicles, a trade site village and a Food & Wine Festival showcasing the best of Wairarapa hospitality. 

Wings event manager Liz Pollock says two boutique breweries and five vineyards will be in attendance including Borthwick Vineyard, Gladstone Vineyard, Paulownia Estate, Johner Estate, Loopline Vineyard, Peak Brewery and Matsons Brewery. These will be complemented with stunning food provided by Entice Café, Wazoo Pizza, La Bella Italia and Palatabull serving Bullbabs and Bulldogs.

“In addition to the amazing aerobatic displays and feature aircraft that will be seen in the sky, the ground entertainment is very eclectic, meaning there is actually something for everyone,” says Ms Pollock.

“The wine and food festival will enable people to experience some of the Wairarapa region's finest hospitality, wines and fresh produce and be introduced to many vineyards from the popular wine growing region of Gladstone. Wings Over Wairarapa is about everyone having a family outing and having a good time.”

Wings Over Wairarapa has the theme Honouring The Past, Celebrating The Future. It will have vintage aircraft from WWI, classics from WWII and stunning displays by contemporary aircraft as well as offering a tantalizing glimpse of the future of aviation. The show's feature display aircraft is a rare de Havilland Mosquito Fighter Bomber while a unique jet formation featuring one Strikemaster, two Vampires and three L39 Albatroses is also expected to delight crowds.

While celebrating the historical significance of WWI & WWII military aircraft, Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 will also feature displays from other rarely seen vintage aircraft, agricultural displays, gliders and helicopter displays, jet formations and thrilling aerobatics as well as substantial participation from the RNZAF. The flying each day will culminate in a dramatic pyrotechnic display and mock air field attack lighting up the skies and entertaining the crowds.

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UNIQUE JET FORMATION EXPECTED TO WOW CROWDS AT WINGS OVER WAIRARAPA

18 December 2012


Wings over Wairarapa will feature a massed jet formation that will be unique to next month's air show at Masterton's Hood Aerodrome in New Zealand.   

This formation of six privately owned jets will open the flying programme at the biennial air show being held at Wellington Anniversary Weekend (January 18 – 20, 2013) each afternoon with a ‘jetobatics' display. It will be the first time a six jet civil formation containing three different jet types has been seen in New Zealand. 

Wings Over Wairarapa Airshow Director Tom Williams says the unique jet formation will feature one Strikemaster, two Vampires and three L39 Albatroses. Today's announcement also follows the news that a rare de Havilland Mosquito Fighter Bomber will be the airshow's display aircraft. 

“The jet pilots have been working hard on their formation display, which will provide a spectacular opening sequence for each afternoon during January's airshow,” said Mr Williams. 

The jet pilots have been practicing in New Plymouth since mid-December under the guidance of team leader John Lanham, who will fly one of the L39 Albatroses. Mr Lanham says after the team established a four aircraft routine, they decided two more aircraft could be added without difficulty with the goal being to provide a six aircraft opening sequence which will be followed by a coordinated routine utilising the three jet types. 

“One factor underlying the plan is that the three aircraft types have varying performance and flying characteristics, which have to be melded in a routine which is safe, simple to fly and entertaining,” says Mr Lanham. 

“The turning circle of a formation of jets is large, taking them beyond the airfield boundaries, so we are designing the display with individual aircraft sequenced in front of the crowds, to fill the gaps while the remainder of the team takes position for the next manoeuvre.” 

The Strikemaster is an ex-RNZAF aircraft, which ended its service in the Air Force in 1991, while the two Vampires are historic ‘first generation' jet fighters from the 1950s.

The L39 Albatros is a Czech-built two seat jet trainer that was widely used by the Warsaw Pact air forces during the Cold War. The manufacturer is now part-owned by the Boeing Company and the L39 has become a popular jet for private owners in many Western countries. One L39 starred in a James Bond movie— Tomorrow Never Dies.

The jet formation is part of a diverse flying programme released today on www.wings.org.nz. It will feature alongside 70 other aircraft during the three day air show, which has the theme Honouring The Past, Celebrating The Future. It will have vintage aircraft from WWI, classics from WWII and stunning displays by contemporary aircraft as well as offering a tantalizing glimpse of the future of aviation. 

It will have vintage aircraft from WWI, classics from WWII and stunning displays by contemporary aircraft as well as offering a tantalizing glimpse of the future of aviation.

While celebrating the historical significance of WWI & WWII military aircraft, Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 will also feature displays from other rarely seen vintage aircraft, agricultural displays, gliders and helicopter displays, jet formations and thrilling aerobatics as well as substantial participation from the RNZAF. The flying each day will culminate in a dramatic pyrotechnic display and mock air field attack lighting up the skies and entertaining the crowds.

In addition to what's on up in the air, there will be entertainment on the ground with mock battles, static displays including a combined Defense Forces interactive camp, children's entertainment, contemporary and vintage military vehicles, a trade site village and a Food & Wine Festival showcasing the best of Wairarapa hospitality. 

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Graham Bethell at the RNZAF 75th anniversary air show 

April 2012

 The Wings Over Wairarapa team at the recent RNZAF 75th anniversary air show at Ohakea.  Graham Bethell (owner and pilot of the P51 Mustang featured in the Wings 2013 graphic), ably assisted by his friends from Tui, introduce the new look to fellow air show patrons. 

‘HONOURING THE PAST, CELEBRATING THE FUTURE'

28 February 2012  

 

The ‘Honouring The Past, Celebrating The Future' theme for the 2013 biennial Wings Over Wairarapa air show truly describes this iconic event.

Being held over Wellington Anniversary weekend on Friday 18 – Sunday 20 January, the 2013 show will be the eighth Wings Over Wairarapa event and will feature some of the world's rarest vintage aircraft from the last century including original WWI aircraft alongside some of the classics from WWII.  While these historic aircraft are always crowd favorites there will also be fantastic displays of contemporary aircraft along with a glimpse of the future of aviation!

There will be exciting ‘must see' entertainment on the ground also with mock battles, pyrotechnics, static displays, contemporary and vintage military vehicles, a ‘new look' trade site village and a Food & Wine Festival showcasing the best of Wairarapa hospitality. 

A number of new Corporate Opportunities will also be available ranging from Corporate Boxes, Corporate Gold Pass packages and an all new Corporate VIP enclosure which organizer hope will appeal to the regional corporate market offering them something a bit special to offer their clients.

The new look continues through to the management of the show with the recently formed Wings Over Wairarapa Community Trust taking over the reins from the NZ Sport and Vintage Aviation Society who have run the event since 1999. 

The Wairarapa Development Group, led by Shane McManaway, offered the group's support following the 2011 event recognising the iconic status of the event and the importance to the Wairarapa economy.  From the Development Group Bob Francis (Chairman), Nick Rogers and Shane have become trustees and have been joined by Tom Williams, Jerry Crump, Craig Clouston, Sam Orsborn and Hamish Clentworth. 

Trust Chairman Bob Francis is very aware of the extraordinary job done by the Sport & Vintage Aviation Society to date and looks forward to working with them closely on the 2013 show and future events.  “As a region we are very proud to host what is now widely considered to be one of Australasia's leading air shows and we are very aware that to keep up with the growth and exciting future of the event we need to increase the resources that we put behind it.  As a result we have formed the new WOW Community Trust to oversee its future growth.  Working alongside Tom Williams and his fantastic team, who have created this unique event, we have now introduced some new faces who will bring yet another level of energy and resource to the show.” he said.

“While the air show is the priority of the WOW Community Trust, it's long term aim is to assist in the continued development of Hood Aerodrome as one of the country's leading centres of vintage aviation and to establish it as a unique tourism product for the Wairarapa region.  The future of both the air show and the Wairarapa's standing as a vintage aviation capital is very bright and we look forward to being a part of it.”

Trust House Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 is proudly supported by Trust House, Tui Brewery, Classic Hits, Earthcare Environmental, Masterton District Council, Trustlands Trust, Positively Wellington Tourism, Air New Zealand and the RNZAF.

Tickets to Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 will go on sale through all Ticketek outlets on Friday 30 March 2012

For further information about Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 contact

Liz Pollock

Event Manager

Mobile +64 27 477 4717

Email info@wings.org.nz

 

DE HAVILLAND MOSQUITO CONFIRMED FOR WINGS OVER WAIRARAPA

4 December 2012

 

A rare de Havilland Mosquito Fighter Bomber has been confirmed to attend January's Wings Over Wairarapa airshow in Masterton, New Zealand as the feature display aircraft.

The Mosquito FB.26 KA114 is the only one flying in the world and will take to the skies above Wairarapa in the biennial airshow at Masterton's Hood Aerodrome over Wellington Anniversary Weekend (January 18 – 20, 2013). Originally built in Canada in 1945, the aircraft attending Wings Over Wairarapa is owned by American Jerry Yagen. It took seven years to rebuild at Ardmore Aerodrome by Auckland based Avspecs, lead by Warren Denholm.

Wings Over Wairarapa Airshow Director Tom Williams says securing the Mosquito is a major coup for the event and will attract international attention.

“The Mosquito was one of the fastest operational aircraft in World War II and the only one to be constructed almost entirely of wood. Its significance to World War II history is not to be underestimated. The legendary Mosquito has a fond place in the hearts of Australian and New Zealand airmen with about 250 aircraft being built in Australia during the war,” says Mr Williams, who was instrumental in securing the Mosquito after first meeting its owner, Mr Jerry Yagen in 2008 at the Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow.

Wings Over Wairarapa Community Trust Chairman Bob Francis is thrilled the Mosquito is able to come to Masterton as the feature aircraft.

 “Having this Mosquito take to the skies at Wings Over Wairarapa is an enormous achievement and will provide visitors with a once in a life time opportunity to see this unique aircraft fly and line up alongside 12 other de Havilland aircraft that range from an early World War I bi-plane, the DH5, to the DH Vampire Jet.”

The Mosquito nicknamed "The Wooden Wonder" first flew in November 1940, and was faster than the Spitfire with a top speed of over 400 mph, powered by twin Merlin engines, meaning bombing missions were dramatically shortened, lessening the risk to pilots. Its versatility meant it was also used in other roles including day-time tactical bombing, high altitude night bombing and photo-reconnaissance.  Produced in huge factories around 6000 Mosquitos rolled off the British production line; others were built in Canada and Australia. Around 80 ended up in New Zealand and were used by the RNZAF.

The Mosquito will feature alongside over 70 other aircraft during the three day Wings Over Wairarapa event, which has the theme Honouring The Past, Celebrating The Future. It will have vintage aircraft from WWI, classics from WWII and stunning displays by contemporary aircraft as well as offering a tantalizing glimpse of the future of aviation.

While celebrating the historical significance of WWI & WWII military aircraft, Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 will also feature displays from other rarely seen vintage aircraft, agricultural displays, gliders and helicopter displays, jet formations and thrilling aerobatics as well as substantial participation from the RNZAF. The flying each day will culminate in a dramatic pyrotechnic display and mock air field attack lighting up the skies and entertaining the crowds.

In addition to what's on up in the air, there will be entertainment on the ground with mock battles, static displays including a combined Defense Forces interactive camp, children's entertainment, contemporary and vintage military vehicles, a trade site village and a Food & Wine Festival showcasing the best of Wairarapa hospitality. 


Programme for Trust House Wings Over Wairarapa 2013.

Friday January 18: Practice Day. Gates opening from 12.00pm with aircraft practicing their displays informally throughout the afternoon culminating in an informal early evening show finishing at 7.00pm.

Saturday January 19 & Sunday 20: Gates will open from 8.00am with the air display running from 11.00am to 4.30pm on both days.  The flying each day will culminate in a mock air field attack and a dramatic pyrotechnic display, lighting up the skies and thrilling the crowds. The programme may vary slightly on each day.

 

For more technical information about the Mosquito please contact:

Wings Over Wairarapa Airshow Director Tom Williams
0274 435 396
Email: tom@wings.org.nz

 WINGS OVER WAIRARAPA 2011 – SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!!

December 2010

Trust House Wings Over Wairarapa 2011 will take place at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton on Friday 21 to Sunday 23 January 2011.  Widely regarded as one of Australasia's largest and fastest growing air shows Wings Over Wairarapa rivals any show for display content and reputation.

As the flying programme for the show is revealed it becomes apparent that true to the show's philosophy, Wings Over Wairarapa will once again give a unique pictorial account of the history of aviation.  While obviously celebrating the historical significance of military aircraft with two MXI spitfires, a Corsair, a P51 Mustang and two P40 Kittyhawk's being just some of the stars from WWII and the Masterton based Vintage Aviator Collection displaying the largest privately owned collection of WWI in the world, Wings Over Wairarapa 2011 will also feature some other spectacular aircraft.  For the first time in New Zealand three Czechoslovakian Albatross L39 jets will display in formation along with three jets from the Vampire stable.  Always a show stopper there will be topdressing displays by an Air Tractor, Cresco and Ag Cat.  The RNZAF's Red Checkers Display team will enjoy its first outing in over a year and their Boeing 757, Hercules and the crowd favorite Iroquois helicopters will also perform.  As if not enough the Tiger Moths will be doing aerobatic and agricultural displays, helicopters and model aircraft will feature, Doug Brooker will again impress with his aerobatic display in the MX2 and the Yak Formation Aerobatics Team will repeat the success of their own version of an Air Race as they did in 2009.

“Wings Over Wairarapa has always prided itself in showcasing all aspects of aviation from the historically significant vintage aircraft to the more contemporary and the 2011 show will be no exception” says Liz Pollock the event's manager.  “In addition to the action in the skies this year we will also have a record number of trade site including the Destination Wairarapa marquee which will showcase the best of the regions products, food and wine, kids entertainment, military vehicles and another first the alternate transport area which will feature some fairly impressive ground based modes of transport including the Hulme F1 Supercar and an area for Segway rides!” she continues.  “This year we are looking forward to another fantastic action packed weekend for the whole family – bring it on!”

Tickets to Trust House Wings Over Wairarapa 2011 are now on sale through all Ticketek retail outlets, online by phoning 0800 TICKETEK or online at www.ticketek.co.nz.

Trust House Wings Over Wairarapa is proudly supported by Trust House, Solid Gold FM, Tui Brewery, Postively Wellington Tourism, Destination Wairarapa, Frucor, Tranzmetro and Masterton Trust Lands Trust.

 Wings Over Wairarapa DVD Now Available

22 April 2009

Some of you have been asking whether we're going to release a DVD from January's successful Wings Over Wairarapa '09 airshow?

This year we didn't go down the path of producing an Official DVD of the show, however the guys from the Historical Aviation Film Unit (HAFU, part of our Official Photography team) have put together a highlights DVD for our future promotional use.

We think this disk is fantastic, and the team at HAFU have decided to make this disk more widely available for anyone interested in the video footage.

This 75+ minute, widescreen format DVD, is not a full (i.e. narrated) event souvenir or documentary, but rather a highlights package only.

The disk features all the clips previously released via YouTube, but also includes a number of other segments not available elsewhere, including a nice short clip of the Sopwith Triplane during the practice day, some of the RNZAF displays, photographic slideshows, and a segment featuring the Fokker D.VII and Pfalz D.III.

Click here to order the DVD for $17.50 (including shipping within New Zealand) from the HAFU web site.

New Videos Uploaded

30 March 2009

It's taken us a little while to get all the editing done, but we've now been able to upload some of the video footage that was shot at WoW '09. Check out the Highlights video on our Home page, and see the Galleries page for the other clips.

 

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